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Unfortunately BP didn’t respond to my plea for corporate funding yesterday and so I was left still penniless for today’s news ARTicle. However, by a stroke of luck, yesterday’s artwork happens to also apply perfectly to today’s topic of the new Twilight film, Eclipse, so I have managed to reuse it (in the spirit of recession and cost cutting measures).
I have represented the three Twilight films released so far by regurgitating by the side of the road again. This was to lure these two cute pigeons. I feel they portray beautifully the sweet, sweet tale of Bella and Edward.
These two love birds (pigeons mate for life) are here clearly enthralled with one another (you can’t see in this photo but the pigeons were only capable of two expressions; sighing heavily with pained, furrowed brow and sighing louder with more furrowed brow. This vaste range of emotions proves their angsty and not-at-all-dull love for each other).
They enjoy this angsty, lacking-in-any-signs-of-laughter-or-actual-fun love while they sit on the side of life’s highway, watching time whizz by too quickly (and occasionally getting too close to its wheels) as they talk ad nauseum about the virginity of one of the pigeons and unsubtley promote abstinence to teenagers. While they do this they feast happily together on a regurgitated cocktail of plots, themes and characters from more layered and imaginative vampire stories of old. I call this ‘Two Pigeons Eat Vomit While Crowds of Teenagers Faint From Arousal’.
I hope to have heard from BP or a similar corporate sponsor in time to fund a grander artwork tomorrow.
BP continues work to clear up one of the biggest oil spills in history in the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s image has been dramatically tarnished following its poor reaction to the spill and admissions that it did not use safety cases in its US wells.
Meanwhile protestors at the Tate art gallery in London recently poured oil outside the gallery to protest BP’s financial support of the Tate, sparking debate about the importance of art funding being ethically sourced.
BP has a drastic image problem. In response to this I regurgitated on the pavement. I then lured these pigeons to come and feast on what I had produced. This was to create an artwork representing BP’s current status in the world.
I see BP as like these two unappreciated pigeons; they are in no way attractive or likeable, they foul up the world with their waste and they get in your way when you’re walking quickly. But despite this they are, in this instance, doing a job no one else wants to do; that is, they are cleaning up a foul spill made by man.
Well the oil spill was made by BP, whereas the pigeons didn’t make the vomit… but a human/artist/Heidi did and I am a consumer of oil and thus also play a guilty part in this whole saga… and an even guiltier part in the vomit puddle… I’m getting confused as to how how BP was involved in the vomit but I think metaphorically the smell of car fumes helped the nausea and BP petrol was probably in a lot of those cars… and pigeons don’t drive cars…
My point is that BP have had appalling public relations in recent weeks and I feel that if the public were to see this artwork they would feel more empathy for this poor, beleaguered, morally-bankrupt corporation/diseased pigeons who eat sick off the pavement. I have sent this image to BP’s head office as a suggested new logo for the company they could put on all future letterheads and petrol station signs.
I have also suggested that if the Tate ever decides they are too FANCY and ethically-minded to take BP’s funding then I would happily have their sponsorship redirected to my projects, particularly as a recent accidental overdraft charge on my bank account meant I could only afford to fund this ‘pigeons eating vomit’ artwork this week. Well, I could only afford some old chicken which ‘inspired’ the vomit sculpture.
‘Attorney General Eric Holder said last night that the federal government was launching criminal and civil investigations into whether BP broke any laws in its handling of the Gulf oil disaster… In the meantime, oil will continue to spew into the Gulf until the completion of the relief wells – which BP says will not be finished until August. ‘ Channel 4 News.
This is a pretty self explanatory piece. Clearly this sculpture I have created represents man and his pride that blinds him and BP from the damage we/it/he is/are/will be doing.
The man, who represents Man but is actually called Garry in this piece, stands in a vain pose, showing off his abdominal muscles and small penis while he tries to wash off the oil covering his body with a small soapy rag. He seems oblivious to the fact that the soap is doing nothing and his entire body is coated in oil, much like BP talk about cleaning up the oil slick but I imagine their board members are actually just having showers at their gym and showing off their abs.